All Contributions from Rebecca Preston

Expansions on Prescot Street for the tea office and coffee works (demolished)

100 Leman Street (Minet House) | Rebecca Preston

In 1925 L. G. Ekins designed a small, shallow two-storey extension to the tea department warehouse, extending two bays from the main b...

Co-operative Wholesale Society Furnishing and Hardware Warehouse, 9 Prescot Street

9 Prescot Street | Rebecca Preston

The seven-storey Furnishing and Hardware Warehouse and Showrooms at 9 Prescot Street (and 78 Chamber Street) were designed for the Co-...

Social, political and cultural activity in the Co-operative Wholesale Society's premises in and around Leman Street

Sugar House, 99 Leman Street | Rebecca Preston

From its early days the Co-operative Wholesale Society organised social and educational activities for its staff and hosted meetings a...

The decline of the Co-operative Wholesale Society in Whitechapel and the redevelopment of the east side of Leman Street

Sugar House, 99 Leman Street | Rebecca Preston

By 1970 the Co-operative Wholesale Society had a number of empty premises in and around Leman Street, reflecting internal changes with...

The first premises of the Co-operative Wholesale Society at Hooper Square (mostly demolished)

Flats 1 to 45 Christopher Court, 97 Leman Street | Rebecca Preston

In 1878 the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) began negotiations for the freehold of a former sugar refinery and associated propert...

'Poor Man's Hotel: A Rowton House Building for Whitechapel'

Tower House, 81 Fieldgate Street | Rebecca Preston

'To-morrow the fifth of the Rowton Houses will be opened to receive guests. Situated 400 yards from St Mary's Station, Whitechapel, it...

Victoria Home, 177 Whitechapel Road

Victoria Court (Salvation Army Lifehouse), 177 Whitechapel Road | Rebecca Preston

‘The men behave remarkably well […] and many of them form friendships and club together their means both for food and lodging, so that...

Redevelopment of the London Tea Factory, 100 Leman Street and associated Co-operative Wholesale Society property

100 Leman Street (Minet House) | Rebecca Preston

Expansion of Co-operative Wholesale Society premises had stopped by 1955 when permission was granted for a roof over the tea warehouse...

Tower House (former Rowton House), 81 Fieldgate Street

Tower House, 81 Fieldgate Street | Rebecca Preston

With its distinctive roofline and seven storeys rising sixty feet above ground level, Tower House is a local landmark and towered abov...

The Co-operative Wholesale Society around Leman Street and its beginnings in London

Sugar House, 99 Leman Street | Rebecca Preston

The Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) opened its first warehouse in Whitechapel in 1881, on a plot on the north side of the present...

The Co-operative Wholesale Society's London Branch Headquarters at 99 Leman Street, now partially incorporated by Sugar House

Sugar House, 99 Leman Street | Rebecca Preston

The Co-operative Wholesale Society's  London Branch headquarters were built to designs by J. F. Goodey of 1885. At the formal opening ...

Sterling Mansions, 75 Leman Street

Sterling Mansions | Rebecca Preston

In 1908–10 the Co-operative Wholesale Society's branch headquarters at 99 Leman Street were extended northwards by F. E. L. Harris for...

The wool warehouse (demolished) and later Drapery Warehouse extension at 53–65 Leman Street (demolished)

Drapery Plaza (formerly Student Castle), 65 Leman Street | Rebecca Preston

Early in 1925 the Co-operative Wholesale Society announced that it would shortly be acquiring the warehouse adjoining 75 Leman Street ...

The expansion of the CWS Tea Department to the sites of 80–86 Leman Street

100 Leman Street (Minet House) | Rebecca Preston

The Co-operative Wholesale Society had considered purchasing the freehold of 86 Leman Street in 1895 but apparently did not do so imme...

CWS Coffee Roasters & Cocoa Works and London Bacon Stoves, 116-118 Leman Street (demolished)

1-7 Prescot Street | Rebecca Preston

Early in 1886, following a fire at the end of 1885, the Co-operative Wholesale Society's Tea Department was moved into a former sugar ...

The Co-operative Wholesale Society's London Tea Department (demolished)

100 Leman Street (Minet House) | Rebecca Preston

From 1869, the Co-operative Wholesale Society acquired its tea on the London market in an arrangement with Joseph Woodin, a merchant w...

The Pump House, 19–20 Hooper Street 

Old Pump House, 19-20 Hooper Street | Rebecca Preston

The London Tilbury and Southend Railway Company’s Hooper Street hydraulic pumping station is the only substantial railway goods-handli...

London and Blackwall Railway

Pier in middle of Leman Street | Rebecca Preston

By 1835 there were two competing schemes for a railway line between the City of London and the West India and East India Docks – one p...

Four Demolished Goods Depots

Railway Viaduct Spur | Rebecca Preston

Goods depots formed clusters in certain locations, especially near dock areas, where competing railway companies tried to secure a sha...

Great Eastern Goods Depot, East Smithfield (demolished)

46-54 John Fisher Street on the Royal Mint Estate | Rebecca Preston

The East Smithfield Goods Depot was constructed for the Great Eastern Railway Company by the London and Blackwall Railway Company and ...

Commercial Road Goods Depot with warehouse and branch line (demolished)

Meranti House | Rebecca Preston

The Commercial Road Goods Depot was a huge railway complex. Sited to the north of the London and Blackwall Railway, it was built in 18...

Leman Street Station

Pier in middle of Leman Street | Rebecca Preston

Until the 1870s there was no station on the London and Blackwall line in Whitechapel; the first passenger station after Fenchurch Stre...

120 Leman Street

120 Leman Street | Rebecca Preston

Imperial Buildings or Warehouses were erected on this site in about 1884 replacing a sugar refinery on the wedge of land between the s...

Co-operative Wholesale Society Administrative Offices and Bank, 1 Prescot Street

1-7 Prescot Street | Rebecca Preston

Leonard Gray Ekins, FRIBA (1877–1948) worked all his adult life for the Co-operative Wholesale Society and served as London Branch Chi...

14 Chamber Street

14 Chamber Street | Rebecca Preston

From at least 1930 the Co-operative Wholesale Society leased premises for a garage from the London and North Eastern Railway Company a...